The quiet power of Android’s custom launchers

Look, I’ll admit it: I’m not your average Android user.

I try out a lot of apps — like, a lot of apps. (Though to be fair, I’m not afraid to ditch any that I don’t actually utilize over time.) I’m always on the lookout for useful new ways to use my phone. And I’m constantly tweaking my setup in search of that ever-elusive state of maximum efficiency.

While I was away for paternity leave these past few weeks, though, I found myself setting those habits aside and putting on my “normal user” hat — you know, the one where I use my device more like a typical phone owner as opposed to a card-carrying and column-writing geek. I wasn’t trying out new stuff or seeking out clever hacks; I was simply taking and sharing tons of pictures, scanning through the occasional news headlines, and doing an obscene amount of messaging and calling with family and friends.

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